Public worry for two ‘stranded’ goats on Brean Down

PUBLISHED: 15:22 21 August 2017

Stranded goats at Brean Down.

Stranded goats at Brean Down.

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Tourists have expressed their concerns after spotting two ‘stranded’ goats on Brean Down’s cliffs.

Andrew Flemming, a holiday maker, spotted the goats from Brean Beach when he contacted the National Trust.

He said: “I am concerned about the goats as I think it is appalling that they have been stranded for more than two weeks and they are still there.

“If it had been our pet dog it would have been rescued and I feel they are left now to fend for themselves on very little land and certainly no water.”

A spokesman from the National Trust said the trust ‘has been made aware’ of the goats and is ‘monitoring their journey’.

They added: “We have informed the RSPCA, and local fire and rescue animal department.

“We will work together to help the goat down to lower ground if necessary.

“It is common for goats to get onto ledges and rock faces and, while it can look as though the goat is stuck, they do tend to get themselves down when they are ready.

“These feral goats were introduced to Brean Down to help protect the land and manage the scrub around the cliffs.

“This helps to conserve the ecology of some of Brean Down’s rarest species including white rock rose, which would otherwise be overwhelmed if the scrub was not managed.”

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